massage that kale
We just finished eating an awesome kale salad, so I figured I'd share my secret. Have you heard about massaging kale? My husband always jokes that we have the most relaxed kale in town! Kale can often be tough if it has been grown for a long time, as is the case with most grocery store kale. To make it more tender, and less bitter, you want to massage it with citrus zest and usually a fat. Most massaged kale recipes call for the use of an avocado as the fat component. If you're omitting higher calorie foods like avocados, you can swap it out with some mashed white beans to create a similar effect. I do both.
Many people who have difficulty with raw greens, especially kale, find that eating it in this manner helps them to both enjoy and digest the food better (recipes below)I love making massaged kale throughout all seasons, highlighting a component of what's in-season at the time. My latest salad used fresh dill from the garden and it was a great combo with some fresh cucumbers and pumpkin seeds.
Plus-take this time to plant some kale!!! Super easy to grown, kale is inexpensive and will grow all season long until frost. In fact, all greens are inexpensive and easy to grow!!! Grab some seeds, they can be planted at any time throughout the growing season! Swiss Chard, Collards, and kale are the best to withstand summer temps, and spinach, arugula, mezuna, and lettuces do better with cooler spring and fall temps.
Check out my video on how to harvest greens :)
Recipes for Massaged Kale, plus check out my blog for more salad recipes coming soon! Happy eating...-Jess from www.gardenfreshfoodie.com